Urban Prairie Waldorf School
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Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Director of Enrollment & Admissions

Primary Purpose of Job
The mission of the Director of Enrollment and Admissions is to lead, develop, and drive Urban Prairie Waldorf School’s (UPWS) admission’s strategy to increase enrollment of new students to reach and maintain full enrollment of qualified students.

Key Responsibilities
The Director of Enrollment and Admissions works in the following areas: 


  1. Develops an admissions process that serves the needs of the school resulting in increased enrollment. 
  2. Forms, develops, and coordinates teams, drawn from the faculty and community, to inform and implement an Admission’s Strategy. 
  3. Speaks confidently on behalf of the school on matters relating to admissions and related activities. 


Admissions strategy


  1. Leads in the development and implementation of UPWS’s long-term admissions strategy to reach and maintain full enrollment with qualified students by evaluating trends; using data to establish critical measurements; reviewing and designing new systems and processes; including drafting annual admission, enrollment and retention plans,  which are regularly reviewed, evaluated, and revised. 
  2. Ensures the long-term flow of quality inquiries and applicants is maintained by analyzing trends in and developing strategies for enrollment, marketing, and outreach activities, specifically tailored to targeted neighboring audiences. 
  3. Works closely with all those involved in outreach, marketing, and promotions to ensure strategy and action plans are fully integrated and implemented. 
  4. Works closely with the Director of Administration to ensure the School’s pedagogy and philosophy are reflected throughout the admissions funnel. 


Lead ambassador


  1. Acts as the main point of contact between the school and prospective families to ensure strong relationships are built and maintained. 
  2. Works with the faculty, Board of Trustees, and parents to build support for admissions work, providing guidance as needed and using all available formal and informal opportunities e.g. recruitment and community events. 
  3. Develops and maintains relationships with selected standalone preschools and child care centers within a targeted geographic area.


Admissions events


  1. Sets and leads calendar of recruitment activities; reviews and modifies admission activities and programs designed to inform prospective families and encourage them to apply for admission.
  2. Works closely with the Director of Administration and faculty level chairs to utilize admissions events for retention of current families.
  3. Works closely with the Early Childhood and Parent-Child classes to ensure the program provides a pipeline to Kindergarten and elementary school programs. 


Admissions Process 


  1. Ensures a seamless and professional approach to all contact between UPWS and prospective families. 
  2. Manages and improves an effective admission process for new families from inquiry to accepted student follow-up. 


Other areas of work 


  1. Ensures all records, databases, and files are held confidentially, are current, and are professionally organized for ease of access, accuracy, and business continuity. 
  2. Coordinates orientation procedures for new families.  
  3. Represents the School in area professional organizations in support of independent school admissions; engages in professional development to keep UPWS at the forefront of independent school admissions trends and innovations; maintains a network of professional contacts for information sharing and problem solving. 
  4. Perform other duties as needed and/or assigned by the Director of Administration. 


In addition to a Bachelor’s degree, the following skills, knowledge and experience are required 


Technical skills 
1.  Highly proficient in working with a database
2.  Proficient use of standard office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, GSuite


Strong interpersonal skills
1. Collaborative leadership – able to gain support for admissions work within the faculty and the wider community. 
2. Ability to supervise, lead, coach, and manage the work of support staff, faculty, and volunteers.
3. Proactive networker who is able to cultivate internal and external relationships leading to increased awareness of and interest in UPWS. 
4. Outward facing ambassador for the school who is outgoing, friendly, and professional.

1. Detailed understanding of the admissions process, cycle, and constituent parts 
2. Good working knowledge of Waldorf education and the Chicago education landscape. 
3. Good understanding of contemporary educational issues and different educational models (e.g. Montessori) to help advise and guide parents.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter detailing how your skills and experience match those listed in this job description to: jobs-2019doea@urbanprairie.org

Urban Prairie Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid policies


Eurythmy Teacher - Part Time

Urban Prairie Waldorf School seeks a part time Eurythmy Teacher to teach Eurythmy to Grades 1 – 8 in  blocks. 

During our first 10 years, our innovative start-up culture attracted a highly inspired, enthusiastic, and energetic faculty who are committed to a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to Waldorf education. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni, and a supportive and highly dedicated administration. 

UPWS believes in investing heavily in our employees and offers a strong compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

About the School

Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and promotes a rich curriculum such as Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, chorus, orchestra, movement, educational support/extra lesson, and woodwork and other practical arts. Significant recent pedagogical initiatives at UPWS have included will-based education, expeditionary learning, Kim John Payne’s Three Streams of Social Support, social inclusion/SEED, and a collaboratively taught middle school program that engages the student in knowing themselves for high school and life preparedness. 

After an extensive search, we purchased a new home for our school in 2018.  In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gymnasium, science lab, kitchen space, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude. Our Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions:

  • Deliver age-appropriate Eurythmy curriculum
  • Block and lesson planning in subject aligned with Waldorf curriculum by grade and subject. 
  • Understanding of childhood development to be used in lesson planning and classroom management
  • Appropriate and effective classroom management including use of the school’s Three Stream discipline and support process and tools
  • Ensure student safety in accordance with school policy and procedure
  • Communicate and work with parents in accordance with UPWS guidelines in parent and employee handbooks
  • Write student mid-year, block and year end reports in accordance with grade level and UPWS standards
  •  Maintain a clean and organized classroom and workspace
  • Participate in assigned committee work
  • Participate in the school’s mentoring and evaluation programs / processes
  •  Participate in all school and classroom events
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment in managing classroom supply budget and field trip budget
  • Adhere to employee expectations and Communication Guidelines



  • Strong knowledge of Eurythmy. 
  • Enthusiasm for delivering a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st century  child and develops social responsibility
  • Have a relationship and commitment to working with Anthroposophy
  • Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and bringing this as part of our students’ education.  
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset.
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.



  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred not required
  • Waldorf Teacher Training certification underway or a commitment to beginning within first year of employment at Urban Prairie and complete within 3 years of initial start date or other agreed upon date. Note: Subject-specific Waldorf training is acceptable, such as Spacial Dynamics.


  • A minimum of three – five years of experience in education and teaching Eurythmy is preferred  

Computer Skills:

  • E-mail used on a daily basis


  • Knowledge of Microsoft word and excel, Google documents, Dropbox, and Trello


Nondiscrimination statement Urban Prairie Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies or financial aid policies. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. 

Aftercare Teacher
Urban Prairie seeks an aftercare teachers for grades Early Childhood – 8th grade. The teacher will be expected to:
  • gather students from each classroom after dismissal;
  • escort students outside;
  • monitor and encourage positive play outside;
  • lead games or activities; and
  • bring students inside for a school-provided snack and indoor playtime.
  • Assist at reception desk and greet parents.
We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:
  • Prior experience working with elementary-aged children;
  • Effective communication with parents
  • Planning structured, grade appropriate outdoor/ indoor activities
  • Working as a team with other UPWS aftercare teachers
  • Discipling/redirecting children into positive play and behavior
  • Keeping all children in a calm and content state of mind
  • Timeliness

We are looking for a charismatic, self-starting individual for this role. The position is paid $15/hour. The position is available for immediate hire.

If interested, please send your resume and letter of interest via email to:Administration@urbanpriaire.org

Substitute Teachers (General)

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is expanding our full-day substitute teacher list. We invite experienced teachers, advanced M.Ed. students, and Waldorf teacher training students to apply for this wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a Waldorf classroom. We will hold an observation and training day in early March to familiarize substitute teachers with Waldorf methods. Lesson and classroom guidelines will be provided for each grade.

To join the list, please send a note of introduction and a summary of your qualifications here ».